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Description

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.

Screenshots

Sky Shark Sharp X68000 Start of the game, about to take off
Sky Shark Arcade Armed bunkers
Sky Shark Arcade Shoot the enemy.
Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Level complete

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1988 850 out of 1000 85
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jan, 1989 75 out of 100 75
Commodore User Amiga Mar, 1989 73 out of 100 73
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 72 out of 100 72
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 22 out of 40 55
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 5.4 out of 12 45

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Trivia

Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.

Aircraft

Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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